What is System 44?

    System 44 is a foundational reading program designed for the most challenged struggling readers in Grades 3-12. Intentionally metacognitive, System 44 helps students understand that the English language is a finite system of 44 sounds and 26 letters that can be mastered. A combination of software-based and teacher-led instruction provides the student with adaptive, individualized learning as well as teacher-mediated direct instruction. System 44 is designed so that the teacher, technology, and texts work together to deliver highly engaging, comprehensive, research-based instructional content to the older struggling reader. Through a combination of teacher-led and software-based instruction, the System 44 student is guided along a systematic path from phonemic awareness to fluent reading. System 44 includes research-based features designed for the most challenged older readers:

    *Computer-Based Screening and Placement—The Scholastic Phonics Inventory (SPI) collects data on students’ decoding accuracy as well as fluency. This helps to identify students whose lack of decoding proficiency impedes comprehension. The SPI uses real, as well as nonsense words, which assess students’ ability to apply decoding skills to unfamiliar words.

    *Adaptive Software—The System 44 adaptive software delivers, direct, systematic, research-based phonics instruction to students. Multiple points of entry allow students to work at the appropriate level based on their performance on the SPI. 

    *Independent Reading—Beginning readers will always have something to read with the System 44 program. The Decodable Digest includes two passages for every sound-spelling correspondence taught in the program. Each passage is at least 75% decodable and is designed to engage, reluctant, older students. The 44Book reinforces skills from the software and teacher-led instruction as activities guide students to read, write, and think. These activities feature word building, word sorts, puzzles, and other engaging exercises. The System 44 Library features high-interest, ageappropriate topics and offers students a choice of books ranging from a 130 to 450 Lexile level.

    Motivation and Engagement

    System 44 has been designed to draw students into reading and increase their intrinsic motivation to read. System 44 Library books and videos are high-interest, age-appropriate, relevant to students’ lives, and able to generate and sustain student interest. All library books help students set a purpose for reading, making the reading activity more meaningful. In the software, on-screen mentors sustain the learner’s engagement and interest by scaffolding, encouraging, and reinforcing his or her efforts. Throughout, reading materials are carefully matched to students’ current reading levels as they progress through the program, ensuring that they experience success while being appropriately challenged. System 44 employs the power of technology to motivate students and to provide for structured engagement. Students who are not drawn to print media but voluntarily spend hours on the computer can use a tool they value to master skills they need. The on-screen host provides feedback and encouragement that is private, nonjudgmental, and respectful of students, and the endless patience of the computer cannot be overemphasized as students have opportunities to try and try again. In order to keep track of their progress, students can access on-screen charts and printed reports, encouraging them to celebrate their successes and keep working toward their goals.


    System 44 is a menu-style intervention system that does not contain individual workshops or units. Instruction is based on quarterly data assessed using the HMH Phonics Inventory as well as a 95% screener which is used to provide targeted intervention based on student's unique reading needs.


    Established Goals for System 44:

    Students in System 44 will use decoding strategies to read unknown words and progress from phonemic awareness to fluent reader. Students will demonstrate growth as measured by quarterly Phonics Inventory Assessments as well as 95% screener Assessments.


    Essential Questions for System 44:

    How can we apply phonemic strategies to our daily reading?

    Why is it important to move from decoding to fluency when reading?

    How can we work on developing our phonemic awareness, decoding and fluency both in and out of the classroom?